The BGS blog aims to presents issues relevant to people working to improve the health and care of older people. It will highlight the latest news and activities from across all the BGS campaigns, events, publications and activities as well as original articles commissioned by leaders in geriatric medicine.
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Take a breath: a personal view on care home visiting
I have been a nurse since 1986, mainly working in end of life or dementia care. I have had a variety of roles in the hospital, care home, community and hospice settings. I have been a family carer (alongside my brother and sister) since 2002.
Reflections on the first-ever virtual BGS Autumn Meeting
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought lots of changes, and we have come to accept many of these as our new normal. The BGS had to cancel the Spring Meeting 2020 as face-to-face meetings were understandably not possible due to the pandemic.
Communicating during Covid – the junior doctor’s perspective
The impact of Covid-19 has been huge, both on those who became unwell and even died, and their loved ones, but also on the staff caring for patients whilst the health system changed beyond recognition.
New resource to enhance management of Care Home Residents in Acute and Emergency Care Settings
During the pandemic, it has been my great privilege to contribute to the Scottish Government’s Clinical and Professional Advisory Group on Care Homes (CPAG).
Reflections on returning to clinical practice during the COVID pandemic
I took early retirement from my post as a consultant stroke physician at the end of 2017 but have continued to work in undergraduate medical education on a part-time basis. I am based in the Education Centre of the Trust where I have worked since 1997, so my return to clinical duties at the height of the pandemic was a temporary redeployment.
How do we help older people with COVID-19 recover?
COVID-19 has proven to be particularly harmful to older people, who are more likely to experience severe symptoms, and be hospitalised as a consequence. COVID-19 affects multiple organ systems, has been shown to affect physical function, and is associated with prevalent delirium. There is emerging evidence that older people affected with COVID-19 may experience significant disability after the acute phase of their illness has passed.
The BGS Book Club Discusses Elderhood, by Louise Aronsen
On November 17th, the BGS Twitter Book Club met to discuss our thoughts on the Pulitzer-nominated book, ‘Elderhood’, by US geriatrician Louise Aronson.
What has NELA done for patients and healthcare professionals?
Over the past six years the National Emergency Laparotomy Audit (NELA) has done an amazing job. Not only has it provided us with important data, but more importantly it has also given the impetus to improve our services for patients undergoing emergency general surgery (EGS).
Impact of COVID-19 on Advance Care Planning for older patients with frailty
When COVID-19 emerged in the UK in March 2020, with potential to overwhelm health care provision, NICE responded with the COVID-19 rapid guideline: critical care in adults.
Bedside Ultrasound as a Potential Screening Tool for Sarcopenia
One of the prominent effects of the aging process is a gradual decline in both muscle quantity and muscle quality. This phenomenon is referred to as sarcopenia, from the Greek terms for flesh (sarx) and loss (penia).
Population ageing, both absolute and relative, is on every country’s agenda. The news is dominated by COVID, with the impact on older people at the forefront of the debate.
BGS hosts five nation care home meeting
Chaired by BGS Past President Dr Eileen Burns, the five nation care home meeting gave participants an opportunity to share their experiences of managing COVID in care home settings and to compare what worked well and what didn’t.
‘Orthogeriatrics': new book out now!
The Fragility Fracture Network has just published the second edition entitled Orthogeriatrics- The Management of Older Patients with Fragility Fractures.
International Day of Older Persons: help get people moving more
We have a duty of care to encourage and engage older people who remain in their residences, shielding from the virus, to sit less and move more.
BGS #geribookclub discusses 'Three Things About Elsie'
We were delighted to host our first BGS Book Club on Twitter on September 15th, using the #geribookclub hashtag.
Keeping contact alive during COVID-19
On the 20th March the usual discussion, laughter, sounds of people coming and going, and noises of normal life fell eerily silent. We had gone into a national state of ‘lock down’. I had always avoided using the phrase if we had needed to close our care home to visitors previously, but now it actually felt appropriate. We were locked down and locked in.